Husker Du
Flip Your Wig


4.0
excellent

Review

by gimmieindie USER (1 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2007 | 20 replies | 21,088 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blitzkrieg punk band continues to soften their sound.

Bob Mould: vocals, guitar
Grant Hart: vocals, drums
Greg Norton: bass

Flip Your Wig stands as Husker Du's last album before jumping to Warner Brothers, and serves as a good transition between the faster, louder New Day Rising and the poppy Candy Apple Grey. In essence, it's a combination of the two. The band (specifically Mould and Hart) produced the album by themselves, and the difference between earlier records is noticeable. It's cleaner, poppier, and tamer. Otherwise, there's not much difference between this and every record before it.

Flip Your Wig starts out with the title track, two and a half minutes of furious guitar noise, rumbling bass, and tumbling drums. Nice guitar solo too. Following it is "Every Everything", a Hart-led song that clocks in at little over two minutes. Basically filler.

The third track, "Makes No Sense At All", stands as one of Mould's finest songs, fusing a hazy guitar riff to a pop melody. Mould also proves himself as a good singer. Following it is "Hate Paper Doll", another example of pop melody with hazy guitar riffs.

The next song "Green Eyes" stands as one of Grant Hart's best songs of all time, with Grant singing about the love of his life, who has green eyes. Bob Mould shines on this track, especially with the opening. The next track is another Mould number, "Divide and Conquer"
, with another furious riff and Mould shouting about uniting the world. The follow up "Games" is another pleasing filler track.

"Find Me", the next song, follows in the same vein of "Games", as another pleasing filler track with similar guitar noise. The next song, if you can call it that, is the "Baby Song", and is the most annoying thing you will ever hear on this, or any Husker Du record. It's 48 seconds of toy piano, what sounds like whistling, and a creepy sounding guy saying "It's The Baby Song"

The next two songs, "Flexible Flyer" and "Private Plane" are two more pleasing filler tracks. "Flexible Flyer" features some nice Grant Hart vocals. The next song "Keep Hanging On", is a Grant Hart track that sounds like some last desperate gasp for help. Grant screams and moans throughout the track, which appears to be a love song.

The last two tracks, "The Wit and The Wisdom" and "Don't Know Yet", are instrumentals, and are complete opposites. "Wit" is a louder, more distorted number while "Don't Know Yet" is mellower, with a interesting drum loop(?)

Overall, this is an enjoyable album. It would have a higher rating only if it had the following things:
-More rockers
-More noise
-No Baby Songs


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gimmieindie
December 2nd 2007



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is my first review, and I just wrote this cause I saw no one else did.

Slaytan
December 3rd 2007



1186 Comments


Nice try for a first, but in the future use more detail.

gimmieindie
December 7th 2007



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks.

YDload
December 16th 2007



1207 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this album. I agree that Green Eyes is amazing and Baby Song needs to go. A short review is better than no review as long as it's decent, which yours is.

ProdigalSon16
November 2nd 2010



102 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

makes no sense at all

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porch
February 14th 2011



8439 Comments


the production on this is awful but it has some of their best songs

random
June 3rd 2011



2255 Comments


Makes No Sense At All is classic.

EpsilonJSTC
June 30th 2011



247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album could be so good. Well it is good, but that stupid Baby Song kills the record for me. I'm pretty sure they put it on to mock the hardcore community, but damn is it annoying.

EpsilonJSTC
September 7th 2011



247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck it, this album rules.

porch
September 8th 2011



8439 Comments


best song is divide and conquer

jefflebowski
December 23rd 2011



7307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the hell does this have such a low rating, even Azerrad thinks it's their best album

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christianman
December 29th 2011



81 Comments


yeah im gonna have to bump my rating once i get unbanned

jefflebowski
December 29th 2011



7307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

banned?

christianman
December 29th 2011



81 Comments


i'm sonictheplumber lol

sonictheplumber
July 29th 2013



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good stuff

KILL
August 2nd 2013



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ive got something she wants

shes got something i need :D

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jefflebowski
August 2nd 2013



7307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

forgot how crap the production is on this, still rules

sonictheplumber
August 2nd 2013



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

keep hangin on

rockaway96
November 28th 2013



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you called the entire second side filler. wow that is dumb. the only track on here that isnt particularly good is every everything, but i do agree with you that the baby song is retarded.

Chortles
November 28th 2013



17885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the hell does this have such a low rating, even Azerrad thinks it's their best album


this rocks and his book rules but goddamn it's crazy to put this above zen arcade or new day rising

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